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October 2, 2013 | By David Ng
Carnegie Hall's opening night gala -- an annual highlight of the New York cultural calendar -- has been canceled at the last minute because of a strike by the organization's stagehands. The Wednesday evening concert was to feature the Philadelphia Orchestra led by conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with appearances by violinist Joshua Bell and jazz musician Esperanza Spalding. The labor strike stems from a disagreement over stagehands' jurisdiction over Carnegie Hall's education wing, which is scheduled to open next year.
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November 21, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Union stagehands will be picketing Pearl Jam's concerts this weekend at the Los Angeles Sports Arena over the facility's use of nonunion stage crews for those shows. A statement from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) claims that officials at USC, which the Coliseum Commission recently awarded a contract to operate the Sports Arena and the adjacent L.A. Memorial Coliseum, is hiring nonunion workers, including some from out of state, to staff the Pearl Jam concerts on Saturday and Sunday.
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November 23, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Broadway stagehands have voted to authorize a strike, setting up what may be the New York theater district's first labor disruption since March 2003. The League of American Theatres and Producers, and Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have been negotiating a contract for about two months. Members of the union have worked without a contract for about three months, said Bruce Cohen, a union spokesman.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By David Ng
Carnegie Hall's opening night gala -- an annual highlight of the New York cultural calendar -- has been canceled at the last minute because of a strike by the organization's stagehands. The Wednesday evening concert was to feature the Philadelphia Orchestra led by conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with appearances by violinist Joshua Bell and jazz musician Esperanza Spalding. The labor strike stems from a disagreement over stagehands' jurisdiction over Carnegie Hall's education wing, which is scheduled to open next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2007 | Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press
NEW YORK -- How do you reconcile management's desire for lower costs with union job and wage protection, especially when negotiated against the glamorous backdrop of Broadway plays and musicals? Welcome to what could be the most important production of the upcoming fall theater season: talks between Broadway producers and the stagehands who help put up the shows.
BUSINESS
June 12, 1993 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While Barry Manilow croons "Mandy" next Saturday night at the grand opening of the Anaheim Arena, there'll be a chorus outside singing the blues. The local stagehands union says it will picket because the arena's management has hired non-union stagehands. That's ominous for members of small union local 217: The arena will be Orange County's first performing venue of any size to use non-union stagehands.
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November 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The union representing striking Broadway stagehands and the League of American Theatres and Producers jointly announced Wednesday they will resume negotiations "at an undisclosed place and time." Until the announcement, the mood along Broadway had been one of resignation and gloom. Silent pickets stand in front of locked theater lobbies. Other unions, including Actors' Equity and the musicians' local, have lined up in support of the stagehands.
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November 24, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
New York stagehands and theater producers reached an agreement on a contract Tuesday, avoiding the Broadway stage's second labor disruption in less than two years. Details weren't immediately available. A union spokesman said the contract is similar to a three-year accord the union reached last month with the Nederlander Organization, which owns nine Broadway theaters. That agreement called for pay increases of 3% a year and greater benefits.
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October 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Broadway producers say they will impose some of the terms of their latest contract offer on the stagehands union Monday, a move that could increase the possibility of a work stoppage shutting down most Broadway theaters during the fall season. Negotiations between the producers and union have stalled, with each side presenting final offers last week. The producers are demanding more flexibility in the number of stagehands hired, while the union, Local One, is determined to preserve jobs.
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October 22, 2009 | Mike Boehm
Go east, young man -- if your ambitions run toward making a bundle overseeing behind-the-scenes setups for the performing arts, and you don't mind not having a life outside of work. As initially reported by Bloomberg News this week, the top five stagehands at Carnegie Hall earned an average of $431,000 in salary and benefits during the 2007-08 fiscal year -- which ended 2 1/2 months before a bucket of economic ice water awakened many in the arts and elsewhere to a new reality. Some 3,000 miles west, at the Music Center in downtown L.A., those well-paid New Yorkers' top five peers -- two head carpenters, two heads of props and a head electrician -- averaged $221,000, according to the performance center's 2007-08 tax return posted at the website Guidestar.
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January 10, 2012 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission said Monday that it would amend a lawsuit against two of its former managers and a pair of rave companies to include new allegations that large cash payments were improperly made to a union representative as wages for stadium stagehands. In a statement, the panel said the payments "had been made by certain commission employees on behalf of certain promoters, or directly by the promoters," on days the stagehands worked on events at the Coliseum and companion Sports Arena.
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October 22, 2009 | Mike Boehm
Go east, young man -- if your ambitions run toward making a bundle overseeing behind-the-scenes setups for the performing arts, and you don't mind not having a life outside of work. As initially reported by Bloomberg News this week, the top five stagehands at Carnegie Hall earned an average of $431,000 in salary and benefits during the 2007-08 fiscal year -- which ended 2 1/2 months before a bucket of economic ice water awakened many in the arts and elsewhere to a new reality. Some 3,000 miles west, at the Music Center in downtown L.A., those well-paid New Yorkers' top five peers -- two head carpenters, two heads of props and a head electrician -- averaged $221,000, according to the performance center's 2007-08 tax return posted at the website Guidestar.
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November 29, 2007 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
A crippling strike that had shut down most Broadway shows in the heart of the holiday season ended late Wednesday night as striking stagehands finally hammered out a new contract with theater owners and producers.
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November 26, 2007 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
There was optimism Sunday night on Broadway as both sides in the stagehands strike returned to the bargaining table and said that a settlement might be imminent. "I think that we're going to be able to make a deal," Herschel Waxman, labor relations chief of the Nederlander Organization, told reporters as he arrived on the scene in the Midtown theater district. "I'm very optimistic. I think both sides will be smart."
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November 22, 2007 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
The theatergoing public got some good news Wednesday, when a New York Supreme Court judge ruled that "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" could reopen immediately -- even though a strike by Broadway stagehands has temporarily shuttered 26 other productions. Producers of the show had argued that Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns the house where "The Grinch" is staged, was wrong to lock out striking stagehands and performers.
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November 19, 2007 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
Talks to end the nine-day strike by Broadway stagehands broke off late Sunday evening, leaving the work stoppage unresolved and most of the Great White Way in the dark. Members of the striking union, Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and the League of American Theatres and Producers had begun the second day of their talks at 9:30 a.m. But late in the evening, the negotiations abruptly ended.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2002
What a nostalgic pleasure it was to read about all those old submarine movies ("In the Periscope: Submarine Standouts," by Susan King, July 24.) And what a lot of them they've made! So why not make even more? It seems like all they need for one is to construct a small set out of boilerplate and pipes, then jiggle the camera, indicating near misses by depth charges, while the actors fall about and the stagehands squirt water through chinks in the bulkheads. GEORGE WEINBERG-HARTER San Diego
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February 26, 2005 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
In the Kodak Theatre days before the Oscars on Sunday, everyone's a winner. Don Cheadle takes best actor and so does Jamie Foxx; Cate Blanchett accepts best supporting actress and so does Sophie Okonedo. The winners hug their colleagues and give touching speeches that never go over the 45-second limit. In the house, the light is varying degrees of dim, and men with cameras hitched to their shoulders move like ninjas over and around seats practicing their shots.
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November 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The union representing striking Broadway stagehands and the League of American Theatres and Producers jointly announced Wednesday they will resume negotiations "at an undisclosed place and time." Until the announcement, the mood along Broadway had been one of resignation and gloom. Silent pickets stand in front of locked theater lobbies. Other unions, including Actors' Equity and the musicians' local, have lined up in support of the stagehands.
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November 12, 2007 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
As the strike by Broadway stagehands entered its second day, union representatives charged producers with bad faith, contending that a management decision to unilaterally impose unfair and unsafe new working conditions had provoked the strike. "We worked for months to make a deal," said James J. Claffey Jr., president of Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. The union's 2,200 stagehands have been without a contract since July 31.
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